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How to Microwave Bacon

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Cooking bacon in the microwave is one of the easiest and least messy ways to prepare this delicious meat.

First, line a microwave-safe plate with microwave-safe paper towels (read the label!). Then arrange six bacon slices on them, side-by-side but not overlapping.

Cover with another sheet of microwave-safe paper towel. Microwave the bacon for 4-6 minutes on high, checking after 3 minutes. Rotate the plate after three minutes so the bacon cooks evenly.

Remove the bacon from the plate it cooked on and let stand on fresh paper towel for 2-3 minutes so it can firm and finish cooking, then use.

I love the new bacon that comes ready to microwave. Follow the package directions carefully and make sure you understand cooking, rotating, and standing times. There's even a new shelf stable bacon that's ready to eat right out of the package! You can microwave it to make it crisper and heat it before serving.

You can buy a Microwave Bacon Tray, which drains away the fat as the bacon cooks.

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